You’ve seen your friends, influencers, and favourite celebrities start to make the switch to cruelty free makeup and skincare, and you’re considering trying it out for yourself. Or maybe you already know how cruel animal testing is, and you want to put your foot down and make a change! Well, great news! You’ve already passed stage one.
Now, what next? With all the cruelty free misconceptions, the variety of brands out there, and not knowing where to start, switching to a cruelty free beauty lifestyle can be quite overwhelming. We’re here to help you with this switch and show you just how amazing all natural, organic and cruelty free products can be. Watch this space, us cruelty free fanatics are taking over the world. (Or at least spreading the love for natural and organic products!)
1. Make it a gradual change.
You might be just as excited as we are about your new lifestyle change but switching to cruelty free skincare and makeup products can be a timely process. Don’t feel pressured to throw all your old makeup out and dip into your overdraft just to buy a whole new makeup bag. Slowly start replacing your products when you run out. Eventually, you’ll be left with a lovely set of cruelty free products that will have found a solid home on your dressing table or in your bathroom cabinet.
2. Knowledge is power – do your research.
During this big lifestyle switch, it’s important to know what brands are cruelty free, where you can buy the products and how much it’s going to cost. A quick google search will do wonders, but make sure you do your research and make a reliable plan for your switch to your cruelty free beauty lifestyle. Get to know what your favourite brands might be and discover just how many natural and organic products are out there!
3. Get to know your bunnies.
There are three bunnies you should know about. Always look out for these bunnies on the packaging of products.
- The Leaping Bunny (by CCIC & BUAV)
- The Caring consumer (by PETA)
- CCF Rabbit (by Choose Cruelty Free)
If the packing has any of these logos, you’re good to go!
4. Don’t overlook the everyday essentials.
This might have slipped your mind, but don’t forget products like toothpaste, shampoo, deodorant, and mouthwash. A lot of these products can actually be tested on animals. Gradually make the switch in your everyday life too. You’ll thank yourself for it later. There are so many natural, organic and cruelty free products out there to replace your essentials, you just need to know where to look.
5. Make a checklist.
During the switch, a good idea for you would be to make a checklist. Write down all the products you’ve tried and make note whether you liked it or not. This way you know what to reinvest in and what hasn’t worked for you. A cruelty free lifestyle switch can be quite daunting, but it’s all about trial and error. Making a checklist can be an exciting task! Stick in photos of the products, do lipstick swatches, jot down cool websites you’ve found. It can be like your own mini project!
6. Make use of samples and testers.
Samples are there for a reason…for you to sample them! Next time you go on a big shopping spree, go and check out the cruelty free products. Spend time with your friends sampling some new skincare that you never thought you’d try before. You might come across something you love. Making the most of samples and testers means you can try before you buy! Who doesn’t love a good old window shop, eh?
7. Have fun!
Most importantly, have fun! Switching your beauty lifestyle to an animal friendly, mindful, and exciting new venture should be super fun. If it’s something you are wanting to do then you should definitely give it a go. You might never look back! Relax, stay positive and know that you’re making the switch because of your own decision too. There’s no better feeling than reaching your own personal goals.
We hope you enjoyed reading our tips as much as we enjoyed writing them. If you’re thinking about making a switch to a cruelty free lifestyle then we wish you the best of luck!